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5 Crazy Cat Anatomy Facts

1. Whisker Communication

A cat’s whiskers are like a radar guidance system, with a bundle of nerve endings telegraphing details about everything the cat touches, as well as shifts in air pressure. His whiskers are the same width as his body, letting him know whether he’ll be able to get through a narrow opening or fit behind the TV set.

But whiskers are also navigators. These bristly hairs, found above his eyelids, around his muzzle and on the lower, inside part of his forelegs, help cats move smoothly in darkness. Sensitive to changes in the air current around an unknown object, whiskers enable the cat to avoid the obstacle.

A hunting cat uses its whiskers to zero in on the outline of its prey, letting it know where to strike. Damaged whiskers hamper its aim. A cat’s facial whiskers are also mood indicators. Stiff, forward-pointing whiskers mean the cat is aggressive. An angry cat’s whiskers are tightly pulled back against its face. And a contented cat’s whiskers are picture-perfect, forward, with a slightly downward angle.

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By Kathy Blumenstock, Animal Planet

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1:29AM PDT on Sep 17, 2014

Thank you :)

6:14PM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

noted

5:48PM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

Furry facts about cats are always welcome. I have read about these before, but never tire of reading about them again and again.

The power of the purr, purrfectly marvellous.

11:53AM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

sin mis 4 felinos no sabria que hacer

2:29PM PDT on Sep 13, 2014

Beautiful, that´s also why I love cats, I´ve got 3, Gizzy, Thori and Sisi!

6:54AM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

Awesome, thanks for sharing!

12:48AM PDT on May 7, 2014

The relaxing sound of my beloved cat purring in my arms is one of the most enjoyable sounds in the world for me.

1:42AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

tks

1:40AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

thanx for sharing

8:27PM PDT on Apr 25, 2014

Thank you

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